[Explainer] Understanding the fair play rule that eliminated Senegal from World Cup

England celebrate their goal- England will want to continue their success but how will their group finish affect their route to the final

"It was an ultimate decision for me to make".

After the fair play rule, there was only one other way a tiebreaker could have been solved, which would have been the drawing of lots by FIFA Organizing Committee.

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the first step, as happened in the case of Senegal and Japan, then the ranking will be determined by applying to the group matches between the teams concerned using the following criteria.

Japan go through to the last due to Fifa Fair Play rule after receiving 3 yellow cards while Senegal received 6.

Poland, which had already been eliminated, got its goal from defender Jan Bednarek in the 59th minute.

The frustration was apparent everywhere, with Japan being more than content to kill time at the end of the match.

Rodriguez was restricted to a cameo appearance in Colombia's opening game, a 2-1 defeat to Japan, because of a minor calf injury, before starting the win over Poland and again against Senegal. Scampering across his goal before diving, Kawashima clawed the ball to safety just before it had crossed the line.

Aliou Cisse believes Senegal's "commitment" helps to explain why his side became the first team in World Cup history to exit via fair play rules. Image copyright AFP Image caption Senegal had some good opportunities but even star striker Sadio Mané (L) was unable to breach the Colombian defence Image copyright Reuters Image caption Colombia's Johan Mojica is shown a yellow card by referee Milorad Mazic in the 45th minute.

"You have to be in contact with other players and it's a shame it worked against us".

Japan has reached the knockout round at the World Cup three times in the last five tournaments. When the two teams met in their group clash, the match ended 2-2.

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